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Who do you want to become now and how will you make it happen? Read Live Smart After 50! You may discover your answers. --Jane Pauley, host of Your Life Calling on NBC's Today show

This guide from the Life Planning Network is an invaluable companion to figuring out what's next. From work to civic engagement, housing to health, this book will help you live your legacy, rather than just leave one. --Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, and dubbed " the voice of aging baby boomers " by The New York Times

Muddling is out. Planning is in. Who do you want to be in this next stage of your life? This book offers spot-on advice and inspiration to help all of us plan, prepare, and smoothly navigate this new frontier. --Kerry Hannon, a nationally recognized authority on career transitions and author of AARP Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ and What Next?

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Life Planning Network is a national community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life. The contributors who collaborated in writing Live Smart After 50! all LPN members include:

Barbara Abramowitz, Bradley T. Baumann, Bill Brisk, Elizabeth Craig, Helen Dennis, Doug Dickson, Kendall Dudley, Natalie Eldridge, Bruce Frankel, Judith-Kate Friedman, Andrea Gallagher, Sara Zeff Geber, Joanne Hadlock, Dick Haid, Kit Harrington Hayes, Jan Hively, Margaret "Peggy" Hothem, Elizabeth W. Jetton, Karma Kitaj, Donna Krone, Moira Lanier, Carleen MacKay, Fred Mandell, Dorian Mintzer, Meg Newhouse , Ron Pevny, Mary Radu, Renee Lee Rosenberg, Donna Schempp, Paula K. Solomon, Candy Spitz, Roberta K. Taylor, Chuck Yanikoski.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Life Planning Network, Inc.; first edition (January 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988190702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988190702
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By @YourLifePart2 on January 4, 2013
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Will you be ready for the changes that occur as we age? Live Smart After 50! provides you with the framework to think ahead, plan, choose the options that resonate with your values and yes, be optimally ready for your next life chapter.

Live Smart After 50! is content rich, complete with the wisdom of 33 experts including exercises, checklists, tools and great resources for life planning and preparation. It addresses life challenges, chapter by chapter and provides you with relevant questions to think about, giving you options and resources to pursue. To get your best value take time to do the exercises.

The book flows well from its brightly colored cover, whether you start reading at chapter 1 or start on the chapter that most interests you. The ability to organize, coordinate and edit the writings of 33 different experts is pretty amazing.

This diversity of experts allows for a much broader perspective, which can reveal some interesting and unexpected blind spots, even for those whom think that they are prepared, thus suggesting further planning, and more thought out options.

So get your copy, grab a hot cup of coffee and be inspired into action by the wisdom, and strategies for planning your next life chapter. Your future will thank you!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marci Alboher on February 19, 2013
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I pretty much read books like this for a living since my job is focused on helping people figure out how to navigate the new midlife. And this is one I will turn to again and again and recommend widely. We can only control some parts of getting older, but doing those parts right can make the difference between a life of continued vitality and engagement and one of incremental decline. I vote for the former and am following the advice in these pages. I'm inching up on 50 in a few years and have just identified my go-to gift for all those celebrations I'll be sharing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adrian N. Head on December 17, 2012
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This little book had a big impact on me! It spells out a holistic process of life planning, that is quite comprehensive and at the same time very accessible. Want to have 30 seasoned experts from a variety of disciplines sharing their expertise and time-tested insights for about $.50 per? Start here. There is a wealth of exercises, resources and links through-out. You, your friends and family won't leave this one sitting on the shelf. Well done Life Planning Network!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jan Hively on January 8, 2013
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Live Smart after 50: The Experts' Guide to Life Planning in Uncertain Times

I usually distrust and avoid advice from "experts." They tend to be people outside a situation who tell the people in the situation what to do about it. As one of the 33 "experts" who wrote `Live Smart after 50", however, I not only trust the expertise of my experienced colleagues but feel honored to be numbered among them. Ranging across the broad map of life planning specialties, they are actually living smart after 50 themselves as well as guiding others.

So what do I like about the book? Its size and flexibility feels good in my hand, ready for skimming. I like the clear contrasts between old and new expectations for aging, the checklists for what to do next, the accessible resources for each topic, and the questions for the reader that require me to think for myself about myself. Where to start? I like the Life Planning Quiz --- ten questions that show me where to start with my own life planning. I may be age 81, but I'm still doing it - living intentionally, with a little help from my colleagues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thomajc on February 25, 2013
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This is a wonder resource to anyone who is 50 or over. Many good tools, exercises and information are contained inside the book and it has become a go to resource for me. The information is easy to understand, well organized and hits on the key topics to make your movement beyond 50 a time that you can choose to follow your dream, or find your next challenge.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karma B. Kitaj, PhD on February 4, 2013
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I've gotten jaded about self-help books, finding that after the 1st chapter, there's little new in the successive chapters. Not so with Live Smart After 50! Each chapter is researched and written by a national expert on the topic, packed with must-do checklists, questionnaires, and advice about every topic that we, as 50+ boomers (and beyond) require in order to live the most fulfilling life right to our last days.

I took the lead in writing the chapter called "Awaken Your Creativity," which I enjoyed because I just recently awakened mine!

We are all living longer, but are we living healthier, more exciting, challenging, fun lives in the way we define that?

"Take care," we all say, blithely. But, what does that really mean, as we reach our 6th, 7th, or 8th decade? Live Smart alerts you to just how to do that in all of these categories and much more:
*How to keep your mind and body active
*How to determine whether you want to stay put or relocate
*How to establish new relationships and deepen existing ones
*How to live purposefully, with a sense of meaning,
*How to access and nurture your creative self,
which research shows adds to your joy and connection in later years
*And all the legal and financial questions are addressed by experts

If you want to make your next decades less stressful and more joyful, pore over your Live Smart book, reading whichever chapter you're pondering at the moment. It's a book to keep on your reference shelf, as we all encounter these questions at different times of our lives.
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